Split ends can give your hair an awful look. It can wreak havoc on the look and health of your hair. It is also difficult to get rid of. As such, it is important to prevent it in the first place.
The good news is that keeping split ends at bay is possible. But we believe it would be easier to prevent this problem if you’re familiar about the things that contribute to it.
Here are some of the most common causes of hair breakage and split ends.
After getting out of the shower, most people would rub their hair vigorously with a towel to get rid of excess moisture. Then, they’d proceed with brushing or combing their hair. This is one of the most common reasons for hair breakage and split ends.
Our hair is at its weakest when it is wet. It is also usually tangled after shower. Combing or brushing your while wet can put a lot of physical stress on your hair fibers. This is especially true if you’re using a fine toothed comb. Be gentle on your hair to avoid stress and breakage. Untangle your hair, starting from the ends and then work your way up.
Use of harsh shampoos
Most people don’t pay much attention to the ingredients in their shampoo. Often, they would choose one that smells great.
Sulfate is one of the most common ingredients found in shampoos. It does a great job of getting rid of grime and dead skin cells from your scalp and hair; thus, leaving your locks squeaky clean. The downside is that it strips your of its natural oils, leading to breakage and eventually split ends.
When shopping for shampoo, opt for a gentle one. Sulfate free shampoos will clean your hair and scalp without drying out your strands.
Frequent use of heat styling tools
You are probably aware that the frequent use of heat styling tools can damage your hair. It will dry out your hair and weaken it, which may lead to breakage and split ends. Avoid using these tools frequently. Allow your hair to dry naturally a few times a week.
If you really need to use them, make sure that you apply a heat protectant first. Not only will it protect your hair from heat damage, it will also add moisture to your locks.
Chemicals can wreak havoc on the chemical composition of your hair. Curling, perming and straightening can suck the moisture out of your hair follicles, leaving your hair dry and brittle. While it’s fine to dye your hair, frequent coloring can lead to dry, brittle hair, which causes split ends.
Low protein diet
We all know that our hair is mainly composed of protein. Protein is needed for healthy and gorgeous hair. Those who lack protein in their diet are likely to suffer from weak, thin hair, which is more prone to breakage. Be sure to incorporate protein into your daily diet. Beans, fish, meat, eggs, and nuts are excellent sources of protein.